> > Bengal enter Ranji Finals for the 2nd time in 2 years, riding on
> > Tiwary's 151*
> I have said it before, this kid is good.
Excellent win by Bengal, chasing down over 300 in the fourth innings
for the outright win. And this is Tiwary's third big hundred in the
Ranjis this season. Normally, he would surely be in the Rest of India
side for the Irani Trophy next season, but, of course, he has no
chance of that. He will instead be in the Bengal side playing against
the Rest of India in the Irani Trophy next season.
Anyone seen him bat? What kinds of shots does he like to play?
> Second consecutive finals appearance for Bengal, with actually
> a slightly better chance this time. The team is better, and the
> opposition is not as strong.
Start etching the trophy right now; Bombay has no chance against
Bengal. The Bengal bowling has been strong all season, and if the
batting has sometimes looked a little uncertain, they've always
managed to pull out a big performance when it mattered. The veterans
have had a few useful knocks, Jhunjhunwala has had his best season so
far, I would guess, with two hundreds, and Tiwary has had his big
knocks. On the bowling, Bose leads all Ranji wicket-takers by some
distance. They have been strong all season.
Much as I like Bombay, they are lucky to be in the Ranji finals, just
squeaking through to the semis with a string of wins in the second
half of the season. There is no batting to speak of, as has been
customary with Bombay teams this season. And the bowling also appears
to be in the hands of second and third stringers, with veteran
Kulkarni, who I thought had retired a year ago, still carrying the
spin attack. Abhishek Nair at the all-rounder spot has had a few game-
changing performances, but the rest of the team has largely